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Jakarta Post

Komodo 'Tank Man' photo sparks concerns

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil


Jakarta   /   Wed, October 28 2020   /  01:00 am
Some Komodo dragons on Rinca Island, Labuan Bajo, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, on Friday 29 March 2018.(JP/Wienda Parwitasari )

Why did the Komodo dragon cross the road? That might have been the first thought that popped into the minds of Indonesia's netizens when a photo of the oversized monitor lizard made the rounds on social media over the weekend. The image shows a Komodo dragon facing off with a pair of nervous construction workers looking on from the top of their truck, which is mired in the mud, with many commenters saying it evokes the famous "Tank Man" photo from the Tiananmen Square protests in China in 1989. The picture, posted with neither timestamp nor credit to a specific photographer, was first uploaded by Instagram user @gregoriusafioma and liked over 280,000 times, reaching critical mass on Instagram and Twitter. The viral photo is thought to have been shot on Rinca Island in East Nusa Tenggara's Labuan Bajo regency, where the central government is currently buildin...